George Hosato Takei (武井 穂郷 Takei Hosato, /təˈkeɪ/; April 20, 1937) is an American actor, director, author, and activist. Takei is most widely known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He also portrayed the character in six Star Trek feature films and in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.
Takei's involvement in social media has brought him new fame. His Facebook page currently has over 10 million likes since he joined in 2011, frequently sharing photos with original humorous commentary.
He is a proponent of LGBT rights and active in state and local politics apart from his continued acting career. He has won several awards and accolades in his work on human rights and Japanese-American relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum.